Friday, May 29, 2015

Doggone Cute Candy Bar Pups

Sometimes, an idea like this comes along and I'm like... "Well, duh, of course. How did I not think of that before? It's obvious that a Twix candy bar and a Hershey's Kiss would make a perfect wiener dog."

Am I right?

I wish all of my ideas came together this easily, and made me smile as much as these little chocolate dachshunds do. I still have a plate of them in my kitchen, just staring at me with those precious puppy-dog eyes.

I initially made them for my daughter's 2nd grade class at school. We were celebrating their teacher's retirement and her theme this year has been "Dogs." So I made 25 of these delightful dachshunds with a sign that said "It's been a doggone treat to be in your last class, Mrs. Braet." Those kids just loved trying to figure out what kinds of candies I used to make the dogs.

If you'd like to check out my complete tutorial, hop over to Handmade Charlotte

My husband pointed out the other night, "For someone who's never owned or even wanted to own a dog, you sure do enjoy creating a lot of dog projects."

Yes, I guess I do. Like this. And this. And this. Oh, and this.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Birds and the Bea

Last Saturday, Bea decided she wanted her dad to build a new birdhouse for the backyard. Not just any old birdhouse, though - a rocket ship-shaped birdhouse. Something fun to go with the rocket ship playset Eric built five years ago.

Those two headed out to the garage, and within an hour, they had it built and ready to paint. Eric just loves when the kids get interested in woodworking projects. He has fond memories of spending time in the garage with his dad and brothers.

Bea insisted on painting it orange and even added a little picture of a bird in a space helmet on the bottom.

Our new rocket ship birdhouse sits proudly on the corner of our deck trellis, waiting for it's first feathered guests. (It's quite large. I think you could fit an entire flock of birds in there.)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Live for Today, Plant for Tomorrow

So, who's gotten a good start on their gardening? I still have some pots to plant in the backyard. It usually takes me the entire month of May to get everything in the ground and growing.

If you live in Wichita and shop at Tree Top Nursery, be sure to purchase one of the 2015 gardening t-shirts that I designed. This year's shirt is a soft, heather green. I really like how the ink colors pop. 

Bonus, if you wear your t-shirt to the store, you'll save 10% off all your purchases this year. Which can seriously add up if you're a flower-fiend like me.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My Ultimate Mom's Day

I bet I'm the only mom that was super-excited to get a trash can for Mother's Day.

A few weeks ago, Gabrielle Blair of DesignMom encouraged her blog followers to "think big, or small" and share their #ultimatemomsday wish on Twitter or PayPal's Facebook page. PayPal, would then randomly choose some moms and grant those wishes.

And yes, I wished for this Westco Spaceboy Trash Can. Why? Because I love it so much. I've wanted this silly thing ever since Eric built the rocketship playset in our backyard six years ago. And now it's mine! Thanks so much, PayPal. I was completely giddy when I heard that I'd won.

When we go to remodel our kitchen, this is going to be the centerpiece. Dagnabit. What was I thinking? Why didn't I wish for an entire kitchen remodel? Sigh. Oh well...

My Ultimate Mom's Day didn't stop there, though. My husband and kids surprised me this morning with all kinds of wonderful things.

Coupons for mowing the lawn. Yes, please!

Favor Flowers - I get to pick a flower, and Bea does the favor/chore.

This delightful, handmade ceramic calico cat with accompanying book.

And a brand new pair of running shoes. (To sweat off those doughnuts that we had for Mother's Day breakfast.)

Pretty awesome Mother's Day from my best gifts ever - Gus and Bea. 

I love you both so much.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A (Cookie) Dress to Impress

Food, fashion and fun combine when you craft these cute little sugar wafer cookie dresses. 

Surprise mom for Mother's Day or make a plate of party dresses for a sweet little girl's birthday party. Bachelorette or bridal shower? You bet. I can think of all kinds of events where these edible evening gowns would steal the show. In fact, Voortman's makes a cookies & cream sugar wafer cookie that would make one helluva "Little Black Dress."

You can find the simple, cookie dress tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.

Oh... and if you need a purse to go with them, try these cookie handbags.

And of course, you can't forget the shoes! Nutter Butter high-heals will do the trick.


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